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Hey, Hey, Hey! UrbanWorks to serve 'Fat' segs

UrbanWorks Entertainment has snapped up the North American video and DVD rights to Bill Cosby’s long-running CBS Saturday morning cartoon series “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.”

First “Fat Albert” titles will hit stores Dec. 14, in advance of Fox’s live-action theatrical release based on Cosby’s Fat Albert characters at Christmastime. Trailers for the cartoon series DVDs will run in theaters through the month of December.

U.K.-based Entertainment Rights licensed the animated series to UrbanWorks, an urban-themed video label under indie distributor Ventura Entertainment.

“Fat Albert” ran for 12 seasons on CBS from 1972-84, with Cosby voicing many of the show’s characters that he first created for his comedy act and record albums. In 1979, the series was renamed “The New Fat Albert Show.”

One of the DVD titles, “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” will contain five episodes over a single disc priced at $14.99. Four-disc deluxe edition “Fat Albert’s Greatest Hits — The Ultimate Collection” will contain more than seven hours of classic shorts. It’s tagged at $49.99.

On deck for 2005 are seven more UrbanWorks “Fat Albert” titles, including Easter, Halloween and Christmas specials.

(Susanne Ault is a reporter for Daily Variety sister publication DVD Exclusive.)

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